Incident Summary:

01/14/2017: An assailant set fire to Bellevue mosque in Bellevue, Washington, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities arrested Isaac Wayne Wilson in connection with the attack.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Islamic Center of Eastside
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the assailant may have had a personal motive for attacking the mosque. The assailant previously attended the mosque to pray but was removed after using profanities.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Muslim group sees 'hate crime' in arson committed by a homeless man," SperoNews, January 15, 2017."
"Bellevue Mosque Fire Was Arson: Police," Bellevue Patch, January 14, 2017."
"Bellevue mosque damaged in suspected arson; man arrested," Seattle Times, January 14, 2017."